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interested in opening companies, but the smartest of them captured -- kept trickling out here. after a while, we were pretty intrigue. most of us were going into a situation with cabin fever, a feeling that everything was happening was happening out here. we moved here and we were not disappointed. we moved into a little apartment, you may have seen some pictures of those glory days. before we could on pack our boxes, the silicon valley dream has started coming true. we had investments lined up, more resources to get started here and plug into the community in san francisco that was unlike anything else. since then, we have met thousands of people from all over the world who are excited about building things, designers, engineers, creative
people. i cannot think of a better place in the world to start a company. we are really proud to put down our roots here. we are glad that all of you could join us. a little bit about the office. 87,000 square feet, or about 2 acres. a bit of an upgrade from our last spot. distinctive things about it, we are really grateful that we use a local architect and designer and construction firm. a really open in barman. nobody has an office. no exterior walls so we can enjoy the view. we are really proud of our office team and everybody involved. with that, thank you all for joining us to celebrate. it is really great to be building this company here in san francisco and that the mayor and the city's support. we could not think of a better place to call home. thank you again for coming. [applause] i have a little something for
you. come on up. i will hand these over. welcome to the drop box family. >> nice colors, too. [applause] >> all yours. >> thank you. thank you very much. i wanted to come over here to congratulate you and i asked for the starting of the company, but i wanted to make sure that you knew that i was coming here to congratulate you on two tech awards. that is wonderful. congratulations. as you all may know, there are a lot of great reasons to be here. as soon as i walk in, icy phil cosby. i knew phil when he was just one
shot. now he is inspiring the kids and he has done well. he is hiring people at the same time. if i am not at his shop one block away, i am there at 24th and folsom. some of you may set -- some of you may have seen me there. thank you. over the years, he has given me a lot of good guidance. we were talking about how to clean up 24th street. now you see all sparkling it is but also how organic it is. that is really part of the reason why i like being here at dropbox. you started a great company and kept the product, at least you are still for free. this whole ability to file share and the cloud, allowing people to do things creatively, being able to pull that information, that is wonderful. that is such a complement to all of the technology, not only
start-ups, but the whole technology world reliving in. i think it is an invaluable service and that is why you deserve those awards. the other reason i am here is to congratulate you on the new office. it is wonderful. you look out and you can hear, it probably gets a little crazy on game day for all of you. but it is a wonderful place to be. i'm going to try to continue, part of the reason i am here is to meet with you directly. i really enjoy these outings, not just because we can meet the ceo and cfo of companies who are doing great in our city, but to listen to the employees. a great reason why a company does well is the talent, each and everyone of you contributing to make this an exciting place to be in. the products that do, you are part of a competitive world right now.
people are starting other entities to compete with you because they know you have a great model. that should be welcomed. each time someone can create something in competition with you, that means you are doing the right thing, growing, hitting the spot. i want to congratulate you for that and make sure you know you have a mayor that is listening to your needs. as people who live here, i want to make sure that we represent a great city. a city that invites innovation, supports technology, and invite you to help us, because your creative juices are also what we need in our city. i have been around government for 22 years and i have seen people sit at their job all day long and eight hours later, you do not know what they did. they lose their creative juices when they first come to serve the public. i am creating a relationship with you to the rest of the city to help go both ways.
if we can help you be a successful company and keep the entrepreneurial spirit and our city alive, if we can do the kinds of things you want along this corridor or market street, third street, to keep small businesses alive and keep parts in our neighborhoods, keep all of the cultural and richness of our city alive, you will feel a lot better working and living in our city. that goes with a good public transit system, good schools, welcoming the arts community, it goes to having great sports teams. i think we are right around the corner, in the near future. the giants may not be the only sports team that we have in our city. there may be other sports that are welcome. of course, i could not help but notice that nice ping pong table that you have. ping-pong is part of my culture.
it was a part of what we did celebrating last year as the year in which china was open and we used pingpong diplomacy. every company i know of participate in ping-pong. it is a great sport. we do that on some of our sunday streets, particularly in chinatown on august. you see a citywide ping-pong tournament and i hope that dropbox participates. i also want to let you know that i am quite aware of your mascot. this panda here. i'm going ask drew if i can borrow him. i have a few meetings with the board of supervisors and i would like to have the panda sit next to me. it is great. you are on edge, the cutting edge of a lot of good technology. we are doing the same thing.
i have got you involved, twitter, sales force, zoosk, all of you are involved in the great partner relationship with the city. i want you to know that, throughout the next two years, you're going to see us exchange a lot of good ideas about how we support tech growth in our city. you really do represent the most exciting job area that we have. there are other areas i am paying attention to as well. some people said, make sure it is not a bubble, pay attention to other things. and we are. health care is growing right next door to mission bay. that is the heart of our isle of technology, stem cell research. that is growing very well. we are paying great attention to our stalwart, are foundation of tourism and international status. i want you to know that all that
also works to your favor. as you develop more products and services, please know that i am working to create conditions for you to have more international markets. you did not start just to be a san francisco company. in an of itself, that is a great goal. but i think you will agree with me that all of the technology companies came to san francisco to a. -- to experience the international city that we have. if i can establish a market with you in the philippines, southeast asia, all over europe, we are home to 70 offices in san francisco. the largest number of council general offices outside of washington d.c. we have a gateway for some many international visitors. we want to use that status, create that market for you, have you as part of the conversation as to how to go about it the right way. i am making my first trip to china in november, my official
trip to china as the first asian mayor of san for cisco. i want to use it not just to celebrate, but also bring technology companies that represent san francisco colter to create those relationships that you do not have. you do not have them in beijing, shanghai, some of the largest metropolitan areas of china. we can help you do that on this trip. i would love your participation. and i would like your participation to adjust the quality of life in our city. i am a big fan of our bicycle community. i am sure there is a large percentage of you that bike to work because, obviously, there is no parking around here. transportation is important to you. it is important to the whole region. i am working really hard on
getting our central subway started just a few blocks up. you can see the start as you go up fourth street into chinatown. that will be a great connector to the light rail we have are the established. we are great supporters of high- speed rail just a few blocks away from here. we will have a transbay terminal hopefully with a high- speed terminus. we are working hard with the mayors of the state of california, the governor, because that is linked to our international economy. one-third of our traffic at the airport is the los angeles to sfo commute. we're not going to be able to enlarge our airport physically any further because of environmental issues. out of respect, we will not do that. the only way we could come -- create the international flights we need is to move that one-
third of all work commute traffic -- of our commute traffic is to move it on to a high-speed rail. we have transportation grid some of you are concerned about the affordability of housing, is it there for you when you want to be in the city and start a family? to make sure your kids can go to local public schools. i am working on all of that. we have a great relationship with our school district. if you did not know this, the city of san francisco gives the school district millions of dollars this year. a couple of years ago, we gave them $23 million out of our rainy day fund, your taxes, because we want to support their effort to make sure that achievement gaps are reached,
that we are getting to our kids, that they know we have a good school system. for those of you who might consider it entering young parenthood, you want to see our schools succeed, you want to get our kids to know that they can be here and have the best job, as you do, and succeed long term. the school system, transportation, housing are all things we are working on for your future. we want you, as employees at dropbox, and the company to stay here long term. we are doing everything we can to create the relationship. create a long-term understanding. we would love to hear from you how to make the city even more fun. i am a big fan of california music and arts culture. they want me to spend more time thinking about how we can do nightlife better in our city so it is not just in the daytime that we have our arts and
performing culture, but at night, you can go to great venues to experience the dollar -- the arts and culture. we would like to do a lot of that on third and fourth street as we create more opportunities for people who live here. when we do the stations on central subway, those stations that come aboveground will be great places to put some good housing so that people can get here, all over the bay area, all over california. we have a lot of things that we are working on. we are very cognizant. one of the reasons we have all this infrastructure is we are part of a very successful growth industry for our city. the revenues are looking better and better every time we get a six-month report. a lot of it has to do with contributions from companies like yours. if i could return the favor by
making sure you grow, making sure more people are employed in your industry. that will contribute to more people living here, part of a successful economy, resonating into areas that are all over the bay area, experiencing a recovery from the economic downturn. we have to depend upon our own, san francisco-based companies to grow our economies. the years passed, we waited for state and federal funds, no longer there. president obama stated we are not into your marks anymore. he and congress are cutting a lot of that off. jerry brown, every time i see him, it is like, what else are you going to cut? if he does not get his way, there is going to be even more hurt. we are no longer dependent upon those streams of revenue. we have to create our own. i only know one way.
have a solid relationship with the businesses who want to grow, employee, helped make the city successful. that is how we are going to do it. where wanted do it on your own, but we are going to do it with your innovation. i want to invite you, on a number of levels, as part of this relationship, we have problems in our city to solve. i cannot solve them with just city government employees. i think the way we are starting to think, we will get you into helpless to some hack-a-thons, think about how to get muni better operating. even the affordable housing debate we are having. come and help us think outside the box. maybe we can think of better solutions. i know you want the city to succeed. if it is successful, you will feel that much more committed to being part of the city.
we invite you to be part of that. we do that through s.f. city. my chief innovation officer is here. we are one of the only cities in the country -- i hired a chief innovation officer right from the mayor's officer -- from the mayor's office. he is right on the pulse about technology and how to contribute to the quality of life and our city. one of the ideas i have, i get to start a task force with all of the mayors across the country. all of the other mayors for dissipate, -- participate, hundreds. we get to advise the president and congress as to what our cities need. part of that, i ask them, how about i start a technology and innovation task force for all of the mayor's tax introduced companies like dropbox to other mayors across the country so they can take advantage of technology. they may not have the kind of creative environment that we
have in san francisco. i know new york, boston, gainesville, florida is trying to get it. chicago, emanuel is trying to create a technology center. we have been successful already because we knew this would be our strength. we want to provide the platform for the mess -- the rest of the mayors across the country to gauge your expertise. if you have new products and services, we can apply them to the problems in inner cities throughout the country. we would like to offer it as a venue for technology companies to exhibit what they're doing. last year, we did s.f. park. other mayors came out to me and asked how did parking their resolve with a technology application? it is a great thing. you use to run around trying to
look for a parking space. now, before you get into your car, you know where you are going. if you want to find our the best parking is, where you are going, visit dropbox, phil's, you can find parking spaces available in real time. these are some of the advancements that we're doing. i am so glad to help you celebrate the opening of a great space, the improved and increased space that you have here. watch yourself grow. you are about 100 today. hopefully, in a year or two, you will be 500, he will fill up the space, and you will negotiate up and down stairs. congratulations on the awards, the expansion, on having a successful company. i'm going to leave with the panda. [laughter] thank you very much. [applause]
>> i think we are going to open it up for some questions. everybody is so shy in social media. go ahead. >> the question was, the lottery system is very unpredictable. you cannot plan. it is all about lot -- luck. i am a strong candidate for neighborhood schools. i would like to work out a long- term change so that we can get
strong neighborhood schools at all the different levels, every neighborhood. i do not know if you know this. i have been around for about 22 years. part of my job was being dpw director. i did that for five years. i got to know, pick up trash, see every neighborhood in san francisco. one of the things i felt strongly about in my administration was building strong communities. part of that is to have those schools so that you are not cutting across town to get to the school of your choice. you have good abbott -- good academics there. we are working with the school board and getting the resources to do that and create more schools. in fact, we are working with some great philanthropists to create a great school in mission bay. there were some big grant writer is to try to get that done.
is it thispbox? any questions you have about quality of life here, what we can do, the ideas we have shared? the question was, more about bicycle planning and dedicated roadways for the city. i am a member of the bicycle coalition. they are talking with me all the time about how it is. right now, we have been focused on making sure that everybody is safe on the roads, pedestrians, car drivers, bicyclists. having said that, we are going to expand more of the lanes. we have a great chance of doing
that. last year, the voters, with your help, passed a great bond they gave us $248 million to redo and resurface a lot of our bad streets. you will have a lot smoother lines to ride on. riding a bike, some of the worst thing is hitting all of these utility trenches and things that pop up. having said that, we are working with both the coalition and the transportation administration to figure out where all of the key commute lanes are and to work with you. i would love you to send my staff your opinions about the best routes to get to work and get home from work. coming down here to the area, from all over parts of the city, would be a great way to do that. there is a lot of traffic coming down here. we have to figure out where the safest, most efficient routes
would be to get over here. we are always very open to those routes as we create a central subway and some other modes of transportation. we are very open to that. i cannot tell you exactly which streets, but i think we are a few weeks from opening the new jfk route. we have a dedicated green line with in golden gate park and it will follow jfk. it is neat because we segregated the bike route from the car lang. if you live on that side of town, in a few weeks, you will be very happy.
yeah, as you know, the numbers that came out about the initial estimates to do a bike lane on our side of the bridge is something like $100 million. that is very frustrating because i would like to see other engineers design something that might be more palatable financially. i do not think we have figured it out yet. it is going to be pressure building as we get to the opening of bay bridge. i would think, since we are talking about increasing ferries for the rebuild of treasure island and america's cup, i think the ports with love more ferry service. -- would love more ferry service. we could have treasure island
get more dedicated ferry service. it would be great if we could do that. meanwhile, we will try to figure out if there could be something else that could be engineered on the existing bay bridge. >> thank you again for joining us, " mayor lee. very excited to celebrate this with you. [applause] is graham here? we have a little something that we do to close these things out. >> 1, 2, 3, dropbox!
>> this is holly lee knox. there are some proud pet owners in san francisco and they have brought all their pets here to strut their stuff. >> it's an annual event that we've had. this is our 18th year. we bring in rescue groupers, vendors, supporters, lots and lots of animals. it's a proud day for us and for the animals of san francisco. >> the costume contest is really fun. people get really creative. it's a really fun event. people go all out, create costumes, buy costumes, whatever it is. but e'